Raymond J. Newman
VIRGINIA BEACH — Raymond Joseph Newman, 92, died Oct. 28, 2002, at Heritage Hall nursing home in Virginia Beach.
Mr. Newman was born Sept. 30, 1910, to John and Thonetta Elkin Newman of Taylor, N.D. In June 1930, Mr. Newman enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his 27-year career with the Navy, he served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was returning to Peal Harbor when it was attacked and he survived the battle of Midway. He was an original crew member of the USS Enterprise. He served as an aviator, instructor and an officer. He retired Dec. 31, 1957, with the rank of commander after 27 years of service to his country.
Upon retiring from the Navy, he enrolled at Old Dominion University and received his B.S. in secondary education in 1965. He taught industrial arts in the Norfolk public city school system for 14 years.
Mr. Newman cultivated strong ties to his community and to his family. He was a Mason for 52 years with Owens Masonic Lodge No. 164, a member of the Sojourners and a member and past president of the Norfolk Silver Eagles Association. He also volunteered his time working for various charities and organizations.
Mr. Newman deeply touched the lives of his fellow service members, coworkers, students, friends and family. His compassion, generous nature and big “heart” will be missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Newman is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Perle Jones Newman; two daughters, Thnetta Frances Newman Hampton of Georgetown, S.C., Beverly Newman Clarke Mann of Manteo, N.C.; and two grandsons, Douglas R. Clarke Jr. of Alexandria, Va., and Raymond Heath Hampton of Georgetown.
The visitation will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach Chapel. The funeral will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. with the burial taking place at Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends after the burial in the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family at altmeyer.com.